Velma Smith - Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum

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In Phoenix, Arizona, in the mid-Fifties, a small group of musicians were making groundbreaking recordings that would help to define the sound of rock and roll.  Corki Casey O’Dell was the lone woman musician in the group.  In 1956, she played rhythm guitar on Sanfod Clark’s “The Fool,” a Top Ten hit record.  In 1957 and ’58, she played rhythm guitar on Duane Eddy’s “Moovin’ ‘n Groovin’” and “Ramrod.” She played on most of Eddy’s Recording in Phoenix, including “Peter Gunn,” “Forty Miles of Bad Road,” and his signature tune, “Rebel Rouser,” which would be featured years later in the film Forrest Gump.  Corki’s rythm guitar playing on so many pioneering hit records earned her the title of The First Rock ad Roll Sidechick.

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October 12, 2016

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